Ratings for Segalman, R A
Based on 6 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: The class was way too much work for the two units it got me, they should've never created it. This was the first semester it was offered, so maybe they'll wise up regarding the workload.
Submitted April 15th, 2013
Comment: Pretty good class. At first it seemed like a bit more work than a 2 unit seminar should be in terms of homework, but the spring 2012 semester was a "test class" of sorts as the professors wanted to make a class on energy conservation and conversion based on the seminar. Learned about a variety of different types of energy including nuclear, geothermal, biomass, wind, coal, natural gas, shale, tar sands, solar, and wave. Some economic and political factors were also discussed involving energy. The difference between the freshman seminar and this one is that there were a lot more calculations involved, often involving heavy use of dimensional analysis which proved to be most useful. Different faculty members gave presentations of their research and what they thought was important for their respective fields of research each week. Particular focus was on mass and energy balances on different types processes. There were problems sets just about every week other than the last few weeks of class which were used to do a final project on any of the topics discussed in class. I enjoyed doing the research project as we could choose any area of the energy spectrum and I could choose something related to what I wanted to research outside of the class as well. Highly recommended for ChemE's as there is heavy use of stoichiometry and principles learned in Chem 4B, ChemE 141, as well as other classes only a majority of ChemE majors would have learned by their sophomore year. Segalman gave a few lectures involving some energy principles that helped to understand the overall ideas of energy conservation and consumption of resources.
Submitted May 20th, 2012